[R] two questions for R beginners

Liviu Andronic landronimirc at gmail.com
Tue Mar 2 00:49:17 CET 2010

On 3/1/10, Keo Ormsby <keo.ormsby2 at gmail.com> wrote:
>  Perhaps my biggest problem was that I couldn't (and still haven't) seen
> *absolute beginners* documents.
Perhaps http://www.r-tutor.com/? Also recently a webinar on R [2] was
held and it hosts complete course notes and recordings. Otherwise,
there was once a link posted on r-sig-teaching that would probably fit
your needs, but I cannot find it now.
[2] http://www.fort.usgs.gov/brdscience/learnR.htm

> It took me about six months to start using R
> for my everyday data analysis, and now I can't imagine life without it!
>  My problem was that I knew some programming (Java) and had never used a
> command line for statistics. All my statistical needs had been accomplished
> through the graphical interface of SPSS or similar software (even Excel!). I
> have a feeling that almost all "Introduction to R" documents are made for
> making the switch from SPSS and SAS scripting, to R. But I have had a very
> difficult time using R as an *entry level* statistical scripting language to
Maybe Rcmdr could help here? It allows performing entry level
statistical analyses, while displaying the complete syntax.

> help my colleagues (none of us are either programmers nor statisticians,
> mostly biology PhDs and a couple of MDs).
>  I would love to see a text oriented towards someone who has never used
> anything but Excel, but realizes that to do science today you have to go
> beyond the "Data analysis" toolbar from Excel.
>  (Plese tell me if you know of any)
>  Best to all,
>  Keo.
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